Today was definitely a fabulous day in the life of The Suburban Diary and for myself! I have been a huge fan of Tory Burch for about 5 years or so and absolutely adore her preppy chic style! I own a few clothing pieces, a dozen or so pairs of shoes, a purse and a few bracelets! Definitely have a tiny bit of a Tory addiction to her classic preppy style… I can relate!
Tory Burch was introduced by the insightful and inspirational Ken Downing, Fashion Director of Neiman Marcus… Ken is a bright personality with an eye for fashion and forward thinking- it was a huge surprise to have him there- I read his regular fashion emails and live by them! Ken Downing tells you what’s going to happen before it trends and what you can expect in the upcoming season. Ken Downing sets the trends for the Neiman’s shoppers all over the world and so the world turns!
I was blown away by Tory Burch’s easy-going personality and grace… I felt like I was listening to a personal conversation in her own home as I absorbed her dialog with Ken Downing. She talked, listened, and answered questions when we personally talked to her and took pictures, not the slightest bit put off or pretentious! I was blown away and don’t know what I had expected her to be like- but she seems like a beautiful person through and through- and I love her even more now!
What I took away from the event…
#1 LOVE NAVY- Did you know that for the first two years of Tory Burch she never used black?!? Very interesting! Tory said this as models donned navy and black in separate pieces and navy dresses paired with black shoes. Mix navy and black, be confident and make it work for you! Ken Downing said that Coco Chanel herself was a huge fan of navy and black… If Coco loved navy and black- wear it in confidence!
#2 “COLOR ELEVATES MOOD,” Tory Burch.- Feeling a little down, start your day off on the wrong foot, need to cheer up a friend or colleague?!? Put on some color to elevate your mood and you will radiate to others! Wear Color in Confidence! And again the reminder from both of them… Own Colored Jeans!
#3 MIX YOUR JEWELRY- Tory Burch said, “Mix real and costume and never have rules about it!” What a statement from TB! I love my fine jewels from my husband, so I tend to wear just those jewels and put away all of my costume jewelry for a rainy day… I need to bring it out, layer it with other pieces, layer necklaces, stack bracelets and be creative! (I even forgot to wear my black leather Tory Burch wrap bracelet with gold studs- just because I tend to not explore my jewelry options and stick with my tried and true!- Prime example of not mixing when I should!)
#4 TORY SUNGLASSES ROCK- My bestest Ashley and I were in love with Tory’s new aviator sunglasses that the models were wearing! We both had to get them. We ended up with different styles and couldn’t be happier… Not only are they cheaper than most designer sunglasses, but they are made by the exact same manufacturer as Chanel… We talked to the manufacturer’s rep who was visiting the store, and she said that when Tory Burch was negotiating the deal with them to make the glasses, she wanted the same great quality but wanted to sell them for much less… What a gem! (So how much is Chanel making off of us?!?) Ken and Tory both swore there was a “Sunglass Fairy” because their glasses get lost all the time- hence the nice price point! Here are my fab finds with precious details…
Had such a wonderful time and spent the day turning over in my mind the inspiring advice that I will remember forever! Walked away with a fabulous pair of TB Jeans, TB Aviators and these items on my TB Wish List… I will have to disclose my other purchases later!! ;) Tory Burch is a line full of great staples!!!
I love this Tory Burch Gabardine Tuxedo… It is beautiful on and off the hanger and especially with these fabulous Gold and Black Heels! They didn’t have the tuxedo in my size, but I will try it on as soon as they get it in! What a wardrobe staple!! I personally haven’t jumped on board with the ever popular bow blouse shown with this tuxedo, but I know that I will find the perfect top to go underneath! Tory Burch is a line full of great staples!!!
Special day today!!! Lunch at Mariposa in Neiman Marcus and enjoyed a wonderful Bistro Salad with perfect company, watched a fashion show and listened to a great fashion dialog between Ken Downing and Tory Burch, took pictures and shook hands, and bought some nice pieces today… Definitely at the top of my list of fashion experiences… I was on Cloud Nine!